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City of Brotherly Love Hosts Spring Meeting 

The Spring meeting of the Society was a moveable 
feast in and around Philadelphia, which was looking excep- 
tionally verdant this cool and sunny spring day. Our first 
stop was the remarkable Rosenbach Museum and Library. 

The Rosenbach collection is housed in a spectacu- 
lar Civil- War period mansion, the former home of Dr. A.S. W. 
Rosenbach, the justifiably famous rare book and manuscript 
dealer. Today it is a research library and museum, open both 
to scholars and the public. There is no way to do justice to a 
description of their collection which, in addition to its works 
on paper, houses English and American furniture (such as 
Melville's bookcase and Marianne Moore's entire apartment), 
silver, paintings, and decorative art. There is so much among 
the thirty-thousand books and manuscripts that just to list a 
few of the "genuflect quality" items must suffice: the (al- 
most) complete handwritten manuscript of Ulysses; working 
drafts of Shakespeare's plays; manuscript notes and out- 
lines for Dracula; a copy of Moby Dick presented to 
Hawthorne (the book's dedicatee); Jefferson's copy of this, 
Napoleon's copy of that. 

We were welcomed in the garden by Joan Watson, 
Director of Public Programs, who gave us an orientation talk, 
split us into two groups, and turned us over to a pair of 
knowledgeable and friendly 
librarians for a tour. 

Their Carroll holdings 
are vast and of supreme impor- 
tance (remember it was Dr. 
Rosenbach who purchased the 
original manuscript of Alice 's 
Adventures Underground and 
returned it to the British Mu- 
seum). A few items were set out 
to whet our appetites, including 
Tenniel's pencil sketches for the 
Jabberwock and Caucus Race. 
In the latter, the ape which ap- 
pears in the final drawing was 
mysteriously absent - was it 
added later as a dig at Darwin? 
Also a (reproduced binding) 
white vellum presentation copy 
of the 1 865 Alice inscribed to 
"MAB" (Marion Terry) with a 
preferatory poem; a few of their 
thirty letters to and from Arthur 

B. Frost with Carroll's preliminary sketches of the ghost in 
Phantasmagoria together with Frost's pencils and final etch- 
ings; and an unpublished magazine from Carroll's youth open 
to a drawing entitled "The Great Cow- Eater" about an angry 
bull's charge (prefiguring the current Mad Cow scare in En- 
gland?), and a handbill from the 1 889 Saville-Clarke produc- 
tion among other treasures. 

The officers of the Society then met for an hour and 
discussed upcoming meeting sites and the constitution which 
was unanimously approved in the general meeting. Its text 
appears on page 6 of this issue. 

A big yellow school bus took us to the next venue, 
the Germantown Theatre Guild (founded in 1 933) and located 
in the carriage house of the Mehl House, built in 1 742, and of 
great historical interest - both housing Hessian mercenaries 
in the Revolutionary War (Battle of Germantown, 1 777) and 
with underground tunnels believed to have been links in the 
Underground Railway of the Civil War. We were served lunch, 
and were free to wander through the house and theater, both 
of which had exhibits from the collections of Kitty Minehart 
(Artistic Director of the Theatre) and Barabara Felicetti, who 
collects "Alice in the Popular Culture" ephemera. There was 
even an Alice Bathroom. 

The theatre Guild has presented many hundreds of 
plays over the years, including 
Alice in Wonderland and 
Through the Looking-Glass five 
times. We walked in and sat 
among the audience already 
seated there (Humpty Dumpty 
and some Victorian theater- 
goers). Eve LaGalliene's 
"director's script" for the 1932 
production was reverently 
housed in glass. Costumes from 
previous productions loomed 
about, as did a Christmas tree 
with Alician ornaments and a 
larger-than-life-sized Mock 
Turtle and Red Queen. We sat 
under the beamed ceilings in 
musty pews, breathing history. 
Our keynote speaker, 
Alexei Panshin, is a respected 
author of science fiction, and has 
won the Nebula Award in 1 989, a 

Hugo in the same year (for Right of Passage) and a World 
Science Fiction Award in 1 99 1 . He is currently working on a 
book on the creative imagination which devotes several chap- 
ters to Lewis Carroll, and his talk was entitled "Falling Down 
a Rabbit Hole". Beginning with a discussion of the places 
where "sci/fi" and fantasy coincide, from early writers up 
through Robert Heinlein's Number of the Beast, wherein a 
Klein bottle (Carroll's "Purse of Fortunatus") led into the 
"abyss of wonder", Mr. Panshin offered a deconstruction of 
the Thames expedition and the first few chapters of Alice, 
included speculation on: Carroll's identification with the 
young Alice as his surrogate self; the six dream layers of the 
narrative; fairy-tales and magic; and comparisons with Alice's 
fall down the rabbit hole to Verne's Journey to the Center of 
the Earth. It was a definitely "Sixties" perspective, with talks 
of altered perceptions, head states, lucid dreaming, and so 
on. The material was admittedly not arranged as a lecture (a 
courtesy speakers might well be asked to observe), and could 
have used some serious editing. Or perhaps he was intend- 
ing, as someone remarked, to illustrate the "dream state" by 
putting us into one. 

This was followed by a fine reenactment of "The 
Wasp in the Wig", certainly well within, and at times exceed- 
ing, "the appliances of art". The nasty, crass working-class 
Wasp was delightfully portrayed by Mark Hallen, and Alice 
by the young and talented Laura Filosa, all under the direc- 
tion of Kitty Minehart. This humorous interlude woke us all 
back up. 

A panel discussion "Your Collection's Future: Down 
the Rabbit-Hole. ..and into the Basement?" ensued, moder- 
ated by Barbara Felicetti. The four panelists were experts in 
four related areas and discussed considerations regarding 
the sale, donation, or bequest of a collection. 

The first speaker was Daniel Traister, Curator of the 
Department of Special Collections of the VanPelt-Dietrich 
Library of the University of Pennsylvania. Dan, a very funny 
and enlightening speaker, represented, obviously, the library 
culture. He had several salient points: one, that the dispersal 
of a collections is an idiosyncratic and very personal matter 
- do you need to keep it intact? is it your "monument to your 
own immortality"? Do you wish others to enjoy it? How? 
Does it have instructional/research or just sentimental value? 
and stressed the need for a "brutally realistic" appraisal of 
your assets and your own feelings about them. Second, that 
the dispersal of a collection is a two-way street, and that one 
must be sure the recipient is empowered to, and interested in, 
receipt. If it is to a library or other institution, have you also 
included sufficient funds to house it, catalog it, care for it, 
protect it, insure it, staff it, provide for present curatorial 
needs and future growth? Is it an unconditional gift that an 
institution can itself disperse? A "gift" can truly be a horrible 
burden to the recipient if these things are not considered. 

Next we heard from John F. Warren, a Philadelphia 
appraiser and dealer in art books and fine prints. If you are 
going to sell your collection through a dealer, how does one 
choose among the five thousand used and antiquarian book 
dealers and twelve auction houses? How to find someone 

professional, knowledgeable, and who shares your passion 
for these books? He suggests inquiring through fellow col- 
lectors or librarians and choosing someone who specializes 
in the field you collect. Ask to see their catalog. Be clear as to 
what you are selling (physically segregating the "Not for 
Sale"). The cost of third-party appraisals is usually warranted. 
Is it a sale? a consignment? Make sure everything is in writ- 
ing. He advised us to solicit competing offers from two or 
three dealers. 

George M. Riter, Esq., an estate planning attorney, 
next discussed a third alternative - charitable gifts and trusts. 
If you are planning to leave the collection to a charitable 
organization, first and foremost make certain that they want 
to receive it. Are they qualified? Obtain written acknowledg- 
ment. Filing a gift tax return (with third-party appraisal) may 
require a qualified advisor. Remember, pledges are unenforce- 
able {i.e. do not just leave it to some charity without their full 
knowledge and consent). If you are looking to leave it to a 
family member (again, who wants it and understands the 
burdens it implies), the best plan is to do it throughout your 
life, as the IRS allows up to ten thousand dollars a year to be 
transferred tax-free. Otherwise, the assets will be taxed at 

The fourth alternative, having a collection sold by 
an auction house, was discussed by Kimball Higgs, Assis- 
tant Vice President of Sotheby's Books and Manuscripts 
Division. Although collecting is "for the heart, not for profit" 
there may come a time when one wishes maximum return on 
investment. Sotheby's may be the proper route for "high- 
end" material - no book (or lot) is sold for under $1 ,500. You 
are also charged for storage, insurance, advertising, and com- 
mission so only a select few items may be worth it - those 
handling charges are often around $600 per item. So if you're 
hoarding a bejewelled 1 865 white vellum presentation Alice 
with Tenniel sketches which have been hand-watercolored 
by Alice Hargreaves, fine, but they are not the avenue for 
your eighty-five variants of Grosset & Dunlaps. 

At the end, a handout, "Alice's Last Adventure", 
was available. Barbara Felicetti (address in Letters section) 
may have some more copies. It includes outlines of the above 
talks, addresses of the participants, and a list of libraries with 
Lewis Carroll collections. 

A lively question-and-answer period followed, with 
inquiries on provenance (and confidentiality); dual standards 
of valuation (it is not unusual nor unethical for the "fair mar- 
ket value" to fluctuate depending on whether the collection 
is being insured, going to charity, being sold, etc.) It was also 
noted that our Society has no permanent home, and, even if 
a collection were to be offered, would have no way of hous- 
ing it. 

At the end of the meeting, Janet Jurist received some 
presents and our heartfelt thanks for serving as Program 
Coordinator for so many years. We also thanked Barbara 
Felicetti for her warm hospitality, shmoozed a bit, andheaded 
back for the Rosenbach in the big yellow school bus, where 
Sandor and Joel led the singing of "Ninety Nine Bottles of 
Drink-Me on the Wall" all the way back. Just kidding. 

Ravings from the Writing Desk 
of Joel Birenbaum 

Taking my lead from politics, I will indulge in a posi- 
tive (as opposed to a negative) rave this issue. This month I 
initiated a separate Lewis Carroll Society of North America 
Home Page on the World Wide Web [seep. 12 for addresses]. 
While I am at it I might as well mention that the Lewis Carroll 
Society (UK) also has a new home page: http:// 
ourworld . CompuServe . com/homepages/ Aztec/LC S . htm . The 
LCSNA board is investigating a permanent home for our Web 
presence. The page currently contains a description of the 
society, a list of officers, membership information, a few origi- 
nal articles, and a few odd bits of Carroll data. My belief is 
that the page should expand on what is known in the commu- 
nications arena as "content". For those who remember the 
old Wendy's commercial, this is "the beef. The LCSNA 
should not merely be the keeper of pointers to other people's 
information; we should be the source of information. To this 
end I am requesting contributions for our page. These can 
be original articles, HTML versions of Carroll texts not yet 
on the web, original graphics, or digitized photos of Carroll- 
related sites [real ones, not virtual]. 

The Lewis Carroll Home Page (which is the home 
for pointers to other people's Carroll information) was rated 
in the top 5% of Web sites by Pointcom. Joshua Birenbaum, 
the webmaster of this site, added a counter to the page this 
month and we found that the page was accessed over 100 
times per day. The link to the LCSNA page should provide us 
with a similar number of accesses. This is a better opportu- 
nity to reach more of the public then we have ever had. It 
behooves us to give a good indication of what we are about. 
While this may or may not increase our membership, it will 
definitely increase our exposure. We can bring Carroll schol- 
arship, Carroll texts, Carroll photographs, and even a bit of 
Carroll trivia to more than a hundred people a day. 

To date I have received electronic mail comments 
from information highway travelers in Canada, Mexico, Ven- 
ezuela, Russia, Finland, Brazil, Japan, the Philippines, Swe- 
den, Germany, France, Australia, the UK, and the US. The 
feedback has been 100% positive and in many cases posi- 
tively gushing. This is a Lewis Carroll lifeline for many people. 
The more interesting information we can provide, the more 
people will visit more often. If we build it, they will come. 
Odds Bodkins by Dan O'Neill, June 4, 1969 

The most often asked specific question is: what is 
the answer to the Hatter's riddle, "Why is a Raven like a 
writing desk?" Fortunately there are deeper questions posed 
than that. The most general question asked is of the form, "I 
am writing a report on Lewis Carroll, what can you send me?" 
My general reply is, "I can send you to the library." If the 
question is more specific, I refer them to a short list of refer- 
ence material. The key is to make sure they have made some 
attempt on their own to find the information and don't expect 
me to research their report for them. The good news about 
this is that many High School and College students are still 
choosing to do their projects on the subject of Lewis Carroll. 
Isn't that where most of us started? 

In my opening rave I mentioned that I might be re- 
porting information from the Lewis Carroll Society (UK) Com- 
mittee meeting. Well, on November 24th, I attended my first 
LCS Committee meeting via speakerphone. I would have pre- 
ferred to attend in person, but unfortunately this does not fit 
in either society's budget (and certainly not my own). We 
discussed publications in progress and their distribution, 
but here is a question that I was asked to relay: Are you 
planning a vacation in the UK, or perhaps a business trip? 
Our friends in the Lewis Carroll Society (UK) would love to 
know when visitors from the LCSNA might be in town. Per- 
haps they could arrange for you to attend one of their meet- 
ings (they have about 10 a year). If they know in advance, 
they may even ask you to speak at a meeting (with so many 
meetings a year a new voice is always welcome). This invita- 
tion is a chance for a bit more cross-pollination between our 
two Societies. 

The LCS is planning a three day seminar in Guilford 
the first weekend in August of 1 996. This will be their annual 
summer outing. The seminars will lean heavily towards the 
arts I am told [see page 7]. Now you can plan your "busi- 
ness trip" accordingly. 

Now let's switch gears and talk about LCSNA meet- 
ings. First I would like to thank Kitty Minehart, Barbara 
Felicetti and their crew for all the hard work they put in to 
making our meeting in Philadelphia a great success. They 
were particularly thoughtful in arranging for beautiful weather, 
so that we could eat in Kitty's garden. The friendly Carrollian 
atmosphere was instrumental in enabling members to gather 

in small groups to engage in lively discussion. 

Our next meeting will be in Providence RI on No- 
vember 9th. Professor Sherry Ackerman will speak on Sylvie 
and Bruno and Professor George Landow on the "Victorian 
Web" and will also give a demonstration of the World Wide 
Web emphasizing Lewis Carroll's presence. I would like to 
point out that Providence is a short drive from Boston and a 
reasonable trip from New York. I would anticipate a good 
turnout at this, our Fall '96 meeting. Plan to stay a few days 
and visit the surrounding area. 

Future meetings will be as follows: Spring '97 in 
New York City; Fall '97 is still up for grabs (but may be in 
conjunction with a seminar on creative thinking being held at 
St. John's University in Collegeville MN); Spring '98 in New 
York City; and Fall '98 in Southern California. The Spring '98 
meeting will probably be in late February, so technically it 
will be a Winter meeting. Yes, we have a good reason for 
holding the meeting in February. No, it is not the weather. 
January 1 4, 1 998 will be the centenary of Carroll's death and 
there will be several exhibits and associated events in New 
York in February. It promises to be a great two-day meeting 
(the exact dates are not yet set). I suggest you set aside a 
weekend for this super-meeting. 

Congratulations to Joel and his son 
Joshua for maintaining one of the 
most fascinating and popular sites on 
the World Wide Web. The Lewis 
Carroll Home Page has been awarded 
two marks of distinction: the "4-Star" 
from Magellan as one of the "best 
resources on the Net in terms of 
depth of content, ease of explora- 
tion and Net appeal" and the "Top 
5%" by Point Survey, described as 
"a catalog of the most lively, useful, 
and fun sites on the Net." 

The Fall elections for our Officers is coming up. All 
of the current officers are willing to serve again, except for 
our Vice-President, Rosella Howe, who cannot take on the 
additional responsibilities for personal reasons. Please send 
your nominations to any officer or member of the nominating 
committee, for example Dr. Sandor Burstein at 1 20 Sea Cliff 
Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121 . 

Leaves from the Deanery Garden 

I would appreciate copies of any photos taken at the April 
27th meeting of the LCSNA at my home and theatre and will 
be glad to reimburse cost. Thank you! Please send them to: 

Kitty Minehart 

482 1 Germantown Ave. 

Philadelphia PA 19144 

I thought your readers might enjoy knowing my cars' Illinois 
license plate numbers - BOOJUM 8 and SNARK 42. The 8 is 
for the number of fits in the Snark. 

Fred Ost 

I've just returned from the Modern Language Association in 
Chicago, the annual meeting of between 8,000 to 1 0,000 col- 
lege and university teachers of literature and languages which 
is the closest approximation to the Mad Tea Party that I have 
ever encountered. 

During the festivities, I clipped the enclosed article about the 
conference from the 29 Dec. 1995 Chicago Sun-Times that I 
thought might merit a brief mention. In the article, Phyllis 
Franklin, the executive director of MLA, singles out Lewis 
Carroll's Alice in Wonderland as an example of the sort of 
book that transcends the virtues of electronic publishing. 
Franklin sees Wonderland as the kind of book that parents 
want to preserve in book form to give to their children. It's 
refreshing to see that Franklin, as head of the MLA, situate 
Wonderland at the heart of literary cultures. Maybe she has 
been reading Morton Cohen's Lewis Carroll: A Biography? 

Janet Susina 
Dept. of English 
College of Arts & Sciences 
Illinois State University 
Normal, IL 

[The article "Little Being Done to Save Books From 'Dis- 
appearing'" decries the estimated 100 million books on 
library shelves which will become unusable over the next 
twenty or thirty years, due to the acid content of the paper 
on which they were printed, according to Professor J. Miller, 
chairman of the MLA s Committee on the Preservation of 
the Print Records. In a statement warning against public 
complacency about book preservation in the face of the 
computer revolution and the reliance on "virtual librar- 
ies ", Ms. Franklin made the remark that "Parents still want 
their children to know what (the book) Alice in Wonder- 
land looked like. "] 

[Silver State Fine Art mailed to LCSNA members a solicita- 
tion/or a "master serigraph " by Jett Jackson a few months 
back. One of our members shares her thoughts:] 

I do not understand nor approve of presenting our 7V4 year 
old Alice as an adult woman with a low-cut gown revealing 
her bosom, and wearing nail polish. I also find repellent the 
presentation of the Cheshire cat as a cross-eyed monster 
with missing teeth and 
weird stripes. It makes me 
question as to whether 
Jett Jackson has ever read 
Alice in Wonderland. Per- 
sonally, I find absolutely 
nothing I like in the pic- 
ture. Notice, for example, 
how Alice is wrenching 
the poor rabbit's hind leg 
in her left hand! I hope I'm 
not the only one who dis- 
likes it. 

[I could not agree more. I 
find the interpretation ex- 
ploitative, the execution 
amateurish and the whole 
thing ridiculously valued 
($2500 is asked, about 
ten times what most such 
works sell for). However, 
there is such a thing as 
"artistic license " and the 
free market and this was 
advertised, after all, as 
"bar art " so de gustibus 
and all that.] 

from you, and will appreciate any input. We all contain 
"multicultural" multitudes. 

Pascale Renaud 

1 1 bis rue du Val de Grace 

75005 Paris, France 

[The article M. Renaud is referring to is "To Stop a 
Bandersnatch, " my humorous look at the hermeneutic stud- 
ies of Alice which can be found at the LCSNA website. I 
have offered him the names of Professor Lecercle at the Uni- 
versity of Paris at Nanterre and our own Genevieve Brauet- 

Smith. Anyone who can 
direct him further is en- 
couraged to write to him.] 

An ad for Bartlett s Famil- 
iar Quotations: Ex- 
panded Multimedia Edi- 
tion in the New York Times 
(1/29/96) among other 
places contained a "Quote 
of the Week", this time 
"'What is the use of a 
book,' thought Alice, 
'Without pictures or con- 
versation?'" For an "au- 
thoritative" source to in- 
dulge in a misquotation 
(with three errors!) is 
unforgivable. August 
Imholtz brought this to 
their (and our) attention. 

As a French student in Paris in a pre-doctoral program, I 
appreciated your article "Bandersnatch" a great deal. My 
thesis subject is "The Reception of Lewis Carroll in France". 
My main source is Jean Gattegno's works; hence my ques- 
tion: are there any specific French sources used by the 
LCSNA, and would you like a contribution on the subject, if 
I may offer mine? 

I am looking for feedback on the subject at the moment. 
Carrollian studies are growing in France, and the translation 
issue is especially important. I am looking forward to hearing 

In Memoriam 

It is my sad duty to inform you that Ellis 
Hillman, founder and president of the Lewis 
Carroll Society (Great Britain) has passed 
away. I only met him for the first time last 
year in Lyndhurst and found him to be quite 
the conversationalist. I was looking forward 
to seeing him again. - Joel Birenbaum 


1 . The Society shall be called the "Lewis Carroll Society of 
North America." 

2. The purpose of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America 
is to encourage study in the life, work, times and influence of 
Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). 

3. The Society shall be an autonomous entity. The North 
American Society will endeavor to have a cooperative rein- 
forcing relationship with the British Lewis Carroll Society. 

4. Membership of the Society shall be open to any person or 
institution who pays the required annual membership dues. 
Types of membership and annual dues shall be specified in 
the By-Laws. 

5. The elected officers of the Society shall be a President, a 
Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. A Program Chair- 
man and a Publications Chairman shall be appointed by the 

6. The normal term of officers shall be two years. 

7. A governing Board will consist of the officers, four elected 
directors, the previous two officeholders from each office, 
and two directors appointed by the president. The board will 
be responsible for the financial affairs of the Society, and for 
the annual audit of accounts. The President shall be Chair- 
man of meetings of the Board. 

8. Every two years, the Board shall appoint a Nominating 
Committee to recommend candidates for the offices of the 

9. A board of advisors will consist of all previous officehold- 
ers not currently on the board of directors plus any other 
advisors appointed by the Board of Directors. 

10. The two boards will meet simultaneously, but only the 
governing board will have voting privileges. 

1 1 . There will be at least an annual meeting of the Society at 
a time and place determined by the Board. Other meetings 
may also be convened. Regional societies should be encour- 
aged to organize and hold regional meetings. Membership in 
the Society, however, will be required of all members of re- 
gional societies. 

12. A quorum at any meeting shall consist of 25 members. 

13. The proceedings of the Society shall be governed by and 
conducted according to the latest edition of Robert 's Rules 
of Order, when not in conflict with Dodgson's Principles of 
Parliamentary Representation. 

14. The By-Laws can be amended by two-thirds of those 
members present at a meeting, or by a majority of the total 

15. The Constitution can be amended by three-quarters of 
those members present at a meeting, or by two-thirds of the 
total membership. 

16. In the event of the dissolution of the Society, its assets 
shall be donated to a children's hospital. 

1 7. The official map of the Society shall be a perfect and 
absolute blank. 


There shall be three classes of membership: Regular Mem- 
bers, Sustaining Members, and Honorary Members. Honor- 
ary Members shall be nominated with the approval of the 
governing Board. All members shall be entitled to vote at 


The annual dues for Regular Members shall be $20. The an- 
nual dues for Sustaining Members shall be $50. Membership 
shall be for the current year except that persons joining after 
October 1 shall be members for the following year. Payment 
of the dues shall entitle members to receive the Society news- 
letter for one calendar year. 

Guildford Study Weekend 

August 2nd -4th, 1996 

For many years, the Lewis Carroll Society (UK) has 
been organising summer events which take its members to 
places of Carrollian significance. Recently, these events have 
included an overnight stay and have often been accompa- 
nied by talks and other entertainment. This year, the Society 
has chosen to return to Guildford [in Surrey, about an hour 's 
drive southwest from London] for the first time in more than 
ten years and has put together a packed programme of activi- 

The weekend will feature lectures, discussion peri- 
ods, tours and other activities. We have called this event a 



Robert Hughes (September, 1965): What scenes 
would (you) like to have filmed? 

Vladimir Nabokov: Shakespeare in the part of 
the King's ghost. The beheading of Louis the 
Sixteenth, the drums drowning his speech on the 
scaffold. Herman Melville at breakfast, feeding a 
sardine to his cat. Poe's wedding. Lewis Carroll's 

Paul Sufrin (September, 1 97 1 ): In many of your 

writings, you have conceived what I consider to 
be an Alice-in- Wonderland world of unreality and 
illusion. What is the connection with your real 
struggle with the world? 

VN: Alice in Wonderland is a specific book by a 
definite author with its own quaintness, its own 
quirks, its own quiddity. If read very carefully, it 
will seem to imply, by humorous juxtaposition, 
the presence of a quite solid, and rather senti- 
mental, world, behind the semi-detached dream. 
Moreover, Lewis Carroll liked little girls. I don't. 

From Strong Opinions, McGraw-Hill, 1973 

study weekend, in order to emphasise the educational aspect 
of the programme and have chosen two memes for the occa- 

The first of the themes, and the subject of the first 
day of the event, will be the Dodgson family connection with 
the town of Guildford. The second theme will be an examina- 
tion of Charles Dodgson's interest in various aspects of the 

The weekend will be offered as a comprehensive 
package which will include accommodation (arranged at the 
University of Guildford), meals, use of all facilities, all trans- 
port (from arrival in Guildford), course materials and various 

Lectures include "The Dodgson Family and its Con- 


[The following bit was inspired by a Jit of jealousy over 
Jersey- wocky. All italicized words are guaranteed to be 
genuine towns and cities in California.] 

'Twas Gridley and the Redwood Groves 
Did Gerber and Gilroy in Half Moon Bay 

All Quincy were the Orange Coves 
And the Pomona Tqfts L.A. 

Beware the Califwock, my son 
The jaws that bite, the claws that reach 

Beware the Azusa bird and shun 
The Petalumaious Pismo Beach. 

He gripped his Ferndale sword in hand 
Long time the Buttonwillow he sought 

So rested he in Mill Valley 
And stood awhile in thought. 

And as in Red Blujfish thought he stood 

The Califwock with eyes of flame 
Came Whittier through the Tehachapi woods 

And Burbanked as it came. 

San Juan, San Bruno and through and through 

His Yorba Linda went Riverbank 
He left it dead and with its head 

He went Humptulips back 

And hast thou slain the Califwock? 

Come to my arms my Beaumont boy 
O Happy Camp! Coalinga! Ojai! 

He Chowchillaed in his joy. 

'Twas Gridley and the Redwood Groves 
Did Gerber and Gilroy in Half Moon Bay 

All Quincy were the Orange Coves 
And the Pomona Tafts L.A. 

nections with Guildford", "Carroll and the Pre-Rafaelites", 
"Gertrude Thompson", "Carroll's Theatre-Going", "Carroll 
and Ellen Terry", and "Carroll as Photographer". Evenings 
will be taken with various entertainments. There will be visits 
to the Watts Gallery, the Muniment Room and its extensive 
Carroll holdings, St. Mary's Church and other schools where 
he gave lessons, the Watts Gallery, and, of course, the graves 
of Carroll, his sisters, and Aunt Lucy. 

The fully inclusive price is £150 per person. Con- 
tact Mark Richards, Treasurer, at 50 Lauderdale Mansions, 
Lauderdale Road, London W9 1NE, England. A deposit of 
£50, made out to the Lewis Carroll Society, will hold a reser- 
vation, and they ask you to contact them by the end of May 
[i.e. as soon as you possibly can!]. 

The Jabberwock 

The illustration below is © 1 996 by Leslie Allen, a gracious 
and talented Mill Valley, California, artist, and was executed 
on scratchboard as a special commission for this Knight 
Letter, continuing her series of "Memorandum" in issue 49 
and "Humpty Dumpty" in 51. 

(©jf 1B<b<b$£ & 

As if we didn't have enough to worry about, British author 
Jeff Noon {Pollen, Vuri) is writing a book called Automated 
Alice, due this fall, portraying "a gun-toting, armor-plated 
Alice in Wonderland... I just had to go with it after I had a 
vision of an Alice with a door in her stomach that opens up 
to shoot the Jabberwock," Noon said in an interview with the 
San Francisco Chronicle, "I imagined her shooting him and 
then saying something stupid like 'Eat lead.'" 

The Tale of the Mouse 's Tail by LCSNA President-emeritus 
David and Secretary-emeritus Maxine Schaefer, illustrated 
by member Jonathan Dixon, ISBN 0-9648692. "You've done a 
great job on the mouse's tail. It couldn't have been done 
better or more amusingly" - Martin Gardner. The tale from 
Alice s Adventures in Wonderland told by the mouse slowly 
grows into a tail that assumes many different forms including 
foreign languages and inside-out computer generated ver- 
sions. The cleverly illustrated book is meant for anyone who 
can read, even if they have never heard of Lewis Carroll. 
Children from the third grade on up and adults will enjoy the 
book. $9.95 including postage, from Mica Publishers, 617 
Rockford Road, Silver Spring MD 20902. 

Fantastic Alice, edited by Margaret Weis, Ace trade paper- 
back, 1995, $12 ISBN 0-441-00253-6. 291 pp. 
Review ©1 996 Evelyn Leeper 

This is an anthology of seventeen stories based in 
some way on Lewis Carroll's Alice 's Adventures in Wonder- 
land. Well, I suppose it sounded promising. 

I was not encouraged by the fact that the introduc- 
tion refers to the original work both as Alice s Adventures in 
Wonderland and Alice in Wonderland. It also describes Lewis 
Carroll as "the epitome of the proper Victorian gentleman," a 
description which I do not believe squares with his penchant 
for photographing nude girls. [While we have no access to 
his innermost thoughts, his behavior has never been ques- 
tioned - e<L] But the real test, of course, is the stories them- 

While it would be expecting too much for the sto- 
ries to equal Carroll's, I had hoped they would at least cap- 
ture some of the spirit (as did Gilbert Adair's Alice Through 
the Needle 's Eye a few years ago). Unfortunately, for the 
most part they do not. A couple have as their only connec- 
tion the fact that they have a talking Cheshire cat. (In this 
they are similar to Thomas Disch and John Sladek's Black 
Alice, which had a Tenniel illustration on the cover, but no 
connection with the Carroll stories.) Others postulate that 
Wonderland is some sort of fantasy world, bearing little re- 
semblance to how Carroll described it, or even the afterlife. 

And the stories are so downbeat, 

filled with child abuse, death, drugs, I 

and so on. I know that's real life, but 

Wonderland was supposed to be an 

escape from real life. Even the stories 

that do seem to be set in the "real" 

Wonderland are mostly unsatisfying, 

their jokes and paradoxes taken straight from Carroll himself. 

The one exception to this is Connie Hirsch's "Wonderland 

Express," in which Hirsch seems to have come up with new 

wordplay of the type Carroll used. 

One other story that did work was "A Common 
Night" by Bruce Holland Rogers, mostly because Rogers did 
a good job imitating Carroll's poetry. 

But on the whole, Fantastic Alice is a disappoint- 
ment, and I cannot recommended it even (or perhaps espe- 
cially) for fans of the Carroll works. 

I also have a complaint separate from the contents 
of the book. For the reader, a trade paperback should offer 
some advantage over a mass-market paperback, and should 
certainly not be worse. Yet when I left this book in the car for 
only four hours, the cover looked like someone had taken a 
curling iron to it. Other companies manage to make trade 
paperbacks that avoid this; I would hope Ace would too. 

Inventing Wonderland: The Lives and Fantasies of Lewis 
Carroll, Edward Lear, J.M.Barrie, Kenneth Grahame, and 
A.A.Milne by Jackie Wullschlager. The Free Press, 1995, $24. 
Review by Dr. Sandor Burstein 

For some reason this book seems to have received 
favorable notices in many newspapers and magazines. The 
author, who writes for the Financial Times of London, pulls 
in all the old pseudopsychiatric chestnuts about the Victo- 
rian authors' mostly unhappy childhoods, GEdipal losses, 
and even the "inner child" in all of us. None of these writers 
for children ever grew up, she claims. Frustrated sexuality is 
the basis of their creativities, and she continues for 228 pages 
which tell us absolutely nothing new. 

It wouldn't be so disappointing if she had at least 
done a little research. It looks to me as if she hadn't even read 
the Alice books, but just skimmed through them looking for 
obvious passages to cite in her text. She tells us that Alice in 
Wonderland (1) opens as "Alice is about to make a daisy 
chain (p.8); (2) opens in a pool of tears (p.26); and (3) "A 
flurry of watches and waistcoats and jars of marmalade opens 
the book". She has a "duchess (who) becomes a sheep" 
(p.45) while a cursory look at the book confirms it was the 
White Queen. 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's pet wombat "Tops", who 

used to sleep in the epergne on the table at dinner parties 
and awoke to eat left-over cigars, is credited as being the 
inspiration for Carroll's dormouse. Strange. Alice was pub- 
lished in 1 865 and "Tops" entered the Rossetti household in 
1 869 and died shortly thereafter. 

These and other sloppy, careless, or just mislead- 
ing statements abound. In short, the "facts" are not recorded 
accurately, many of the assumptions are completely unjusti- 
fied and unwarranted, and the psychological analyses are 
amateur and unoriginal at best. I suggest that to read this 
book is to waste time, effort, and money. 

"Alice in Wonderland: A Ballet Adventure" 

Interview ©1 996 Alice Fuld 

"A book is not a ballet. Literature and dance achieve 
their ends in quite different ways." That's the problem Jose 
Mateo confronted in creating a ballet from Lewis Carroll's 
Alice in Wonderland. 

Mateo, the artistic director of the Ballet Theatre of 
Boston, had been thinking about an "Alice" ballet for sev- 
eral years, but he could not find a workable narrative line for 
his dancers, and he couldn't think of a composer whose music 
fit the familiar children's story. 

"I finally realized that the various encounters in Alice 
are themselves shorter, independent stories," Mateo said. 
This approach led to a ten-scene ballet adapted from Carroll's 
book with music by different composers. "The dances are 
very different from one another, and that called for different 

Mateo chose episodes from Alice in Wonderland 
that he felt could be interpreted in dance. He also incorpo- 
rated "The Garden of Live Flowers" and "Tweedledum and 
Tweedledee" from Through the Looking Glass. "They were 
very good subjects for ballet, and I needed them," Mateo 

As he began to look at other adaptations of Alice, 
Mateo discovered that adapters took all kinds of liberties. 
"It's difficult to tell how arbitrary the sequence is in Carroll, 
but the events almost invariably get shifted around in plays 
and films. It made me feel less guilty," Mateo said. "Once I 
gave myself that license, I tried to be true to the book, but it's 
a different medium with different requirements." 

Mateo describes his "Alice in Wonderland" as a 
"ballet adventure." He uses music by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, 
Ravel, Mozart and Bach, among others. He looked at music 
especially for children and at the youthful works of noted 
composers, but in the end, Mateo chose music that he felt 
described the characters in each scene. "A Mad Tea-Party" 
is set to well-organized Mozart because Mateo wanted to 
convey the idea of a formal high tea, even though the party is 
more than a little askew. 

"Tweedledum and Tweedledee" will be accompa- 
nied by a movement from a Stravinsky violin concerto. "Some 
of it sounds irrational, but it's appropriate," Mateo said, as 
the strange twins themselves are not entirely rational either. 

Bach accompanies the uproarious trial of the Knave 
of Hearts while the Live Flowers waltz to Ravel's "La Valse." 

The ballet opens and closes with music by Prokofiev, who 
composed "Cinderella" and other traditional story ballets. 
"It starts like most ballets, and then it delves into the under- 
ground," Mateo said. 

Like most readers of Alice in Wonderland, Mateo 
saw John Tenniel's original illustrations in his mind's eye, 
but he needed to get away from them to come up with his 
own ideas. So the abstract sets and costumes for this pro- 
duction designed by Roger LaVoie will not reflect the tradi- 
tional illustrations. 

For example, the royal courtiers in Wonderland are 
a pack of cards. Mateo didn't want to conceal dancers be- 
neath sandwich boards, which is how the cards appear in 
many illustrations. The dancers will wear robes which are not 
stiff and sometimes stand sideways in line to resemble a pack 
of cards, "but they can dance," Mateo said. 

Celebrating Martin Gardner 

Review by Fran Abeles and Stan Isaacs 

The "Gathering for Gardner H" was held at the el- 
egant Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, GA from January 17 - 
21, 1996. This "by invitation only" occasion brought to- 
gether magicians, mathematicians and puzzlists from around 
the world (about 1 00 altogether.) Everyone had some con- 
nection with Martin Gardner, arguably the most highly re- 
garded popularizer of mathematics and related endeavors in 
the world. Lewis Carroll Society members know Gardner as 
the author of The Annotated Alice and The Annotated Snark. 
He was also the former editor of the "Mathematical Games" 
section of Scientific American where between 1 960 and 1 975 
he wrote about recreational mathematics, including many of 
Carroll's games and puzzles. This spring St. Martin's Press 
will publish The Night Is Large, a book of Gardner's col- 
lected essays, including "Lewis Carroll and his Alice Books." 

Several events in the packed formal program directly 
or indirectly dealt with Carroll. John Conway, a Princeton 
University mathematician, spoke about his improvement of 
Carroll's rule to find the day of the week for any given date 
(The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, vol. 2, pp. 280-82.) permit- 
ting the calculations to be done faster mentally. Binary Arts 
Corporation, of Alexandria VA distributed a fascinating mov- 
ing-piece puzzle of the Cheshire cat, based on the picture of 
Alice looking at the Cheshire Cat. When the three pieces are 
arranged one way, she is looking at Jive Cheshire cats; when 
the top two pieces are exchanged, she is only looking at four 
cats, plus the smile. In his talk about puzzle cards, Jerry Slocum 
showed rebus cards reminiscent of the rebus letters Carroll 
wrote to child friends. 

Perhaps the most dazzling event, one that Carroll 
himself would have delighted in, was the after-dinner dem- 
onstration by the mathematician Arthur Benjamin of Harvey 
Mudd College who was able to multiply two five-digit num- 
bers mentally, giving a correct answer ten digits long! 

Gardner, now 81, attended the talks, dinners, dem- 
onstrations, and magical performances with his wife, Char- 
lotte. He appeared delighted and bemused by all the fuss 
being made over him. 


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A "New Illustrated Edition" of The Hunt- 
ing of the Snark has been produced by 
Gavin O'Keefe in Australia. Gavin "has 
done all the illustrations in a style like 
the best modern fantastic drawing com- 
bined with humour, draftsmanship, 
imagination and a little horror" - 
Dr. S. Burstein. ISBN: 0-646-26543-1 or 
write to him at P.O.Box 1272 North 
Fitzroy, Victoria 3068, Australia. 

For Snark hunters, the Do-It-Yourself 
Book of Blank Maps was published by 
Willow Spring Press, 1 992. 

The Hunting of the Snark: Second Ex- 
pedition is a kind of "sequel" to Lewis 
Carroll's original. Written by Peter 
Wesley-Smith, with illustrations by Paul 
Stannish, it can be ordered from Cherry 
Books, PO Box 258, Camperdown, NSW 
2050, Australia. The poem tells of an- 
other nonsensical attempt to find a Snark 
and involves a whole new set of char- 
acters and situations. 


"The Hunting of the Snark: the moral 
status of the embryos, right-to-lifers, 
and third world women" by Alta R. 
Charo, Stanford Law and Policy Re- 
view, 1995, vol. 6, no.2. 

"Alice in Cyberspace" was published 
in Colorado Business Magazine, Aug. 
1995, vol. 22, no. 8. 

"Conflict in the Classroom: Wonderland 
Welcomes Alice", Journal of Legal 
Studies Education, vol. 13, no. 2. 

A long article on David Del Tredici en- 
titled "A Composer Who Finds Lasting 
Inspiration in Alice in Wonderland' 
appeared in the Long Island Supplement 
to the New York Times 3/3/96. 

Holistic Nursing Practice, vol. 1 no. 
1, October 1995, discusses "AIDS and 
Nursing Care: Toward the Year 2000" 
and ends with an Epilogue whose 
theme, "interpretative paradigms for 
understanding life-threatening illnesses 
could emerge from childhood readings" 

includes an allegorical case study of a 
mother and her HIV+ son using the two 
Alice books as an example. 

Disney's 1992 "Adventures in Wonder- 
land" series, based on the television 
show, contains the volume White Rab- 
bits Can 'tJump. On page 30, the White 
Rabbit addresses O.J. Simpson and ut- 
ters the fascinating line "Hey, wait a 
minute! You can't be in two places at 


Those of us who missed the English 
National Ballet's performances of Alice, 
can relive it virtually at http://www.en- 

Any "42" collectors would be well ad- 
vised to visit http://www.empirenet. 
com/~dljones/index.html, devoted to 
sightings of Our Favorite Number in lit- 
erature, pop culture, and so on. 

Art and Artifacts 

Delia's Winter '95 catalog shows a red 
on black "Wonderland Dress" on its 
cover. $48. Write to 435 Hudson St, New 
York NY 10014 or call 1.800.335.4269. 

A full color, hand silk-screened 1 0" x 5" 
Cheshire Cat beanbag is available for 
$15 from "Cats, Cats & More Cats", 
Route 17M, P.O.Box 270, Monroe, NY 

The Danna Michaels catalog offers two 
garden sculptures of cast stone featur- 
ing the Queen of Hearts ( 1 2" x 9") and a 
Cheshire Cat planter (5" x 12"). They 
each cost $49.95. 1.800.944.4384. 

"Lewis Carroll Garnet Earrings" whose 
"looking-glass shape brings this Victo- 
rian writer to mind" - $49 gold plated or 
$149 in 14k gold from the Museum of 
Jewelry catalog. 300 Larkin St., San Fran- 
cisco, C A 94 109. 1.800.835.2700. 

Expatriate sculptor Harry Marinsky is 
creating a series of eight quite lifelike 


Alice sculptures which will be exhibited 
in his home town of Pietrasanta, Italy 
(4/20-6/1 6) before finding their perma- 
nent home in a specially created garden 
in the Museum of Outdoor Art in 
Englewood, Colorado sometime next 

There is a miniature company (a com- 
pany that makes miniatures, that is) 
called Hantel Victorian Miniatures that 
includes in their product line a selec- 
tion of Alice figurines "meticulously 
modeled after Sir John Tenniel's origi- 
nal drawings, of solid pewter and hand- 
painted" and priced about £15 to £25. 
Their address is: Bruiach House, 
Kiltarlity, by Beauly, Iverness-shire, IV4 
7HG, Scotland, UK. Telephone 01463 
741297, fax01463 741483. 

Audio and Video 

Alice in Wonderland: a Dance Fantasy 
featuring the Prague Chamber Ballet and 
the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with 
Viktor Kalabic conducting his own mu- 
sic is a waste of 27 minutes of video- 
tape. Described as a children's perfor- 
mance "interweaving ballet, mime, ac- 
robatics, and theater", it is in reality a 
high-school level mishmash of stilted 
choreography, people running about 
aimlessly, and music which is third-rate 
Janacek. Nice costumes, though. 
V.I.E. W. Video, 34 E.23rd St, New York 
NY 10010. 

Alice of Wonderland in Paris V-419-1 
VHS COL 52 min Stories by Ludwig 
Bemelmans, Crockett Johnson, James 
Thurber and Eve Titus. Episodic ani- 
mated film of Alice, who dreams of go- 
ing to Paris, and Francois, the mouse, 
who is conducting a cheese survey. Sto- 
ries include "Madeline and the Bad Hat" 
by Ludwig Bemelmans, "Anatole" by 
Eve Titus and "Many Moons" by 
James Thurber. Deitch, Gene, 1965. 

Boojum! is a musical, first performed at 
the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 1 986 
before Her Majesty the Queen, written 
by Martin Wesley-Smith (book and 
music) and Peter Wesley-Smith (book 

Far-flung, continued from p. 1 1 

and lyrics). It is sub-titled "Nonsense, 
Truth and Lewis Carroll" and is an at- 
tempt to explore aspects of Carroll's (or 
Dodgson's) personality through his 
ideas and characters. In its present ver- 
sion (as performed in San Diego and 
Pasadena) it is suitable for choir and 
soloists, either with staging effects or 
in a concert version. 
For inquiries, contact Martin Wesley- 
Smith, 22 Ryan Street, Lilyfield, NSA 
2040, Australia; tel (61 2) 810 2238; fax 

To order the double CD of the show, 
performed by the Sydney Philarmonia 
Motet Choir, contact Vox Australia, PO 
Box N690, Grosvenor Place, Sydney, 
NSW 2000, Australia. 

Places and Events 

The biggest crowd-pleasers in the Rose 
Bowl Parade included a "flirtatious 
Humpty Dumpty" and the float that won 
the Sweepstakes Trophy for most beau- 
tiful commercial entry was "Tea with 
Friends {Alice in Wonderland)" by Flo- 
rists Transworld Delivery. 

The College of Mt. St. Vincent's Library 
Gallery in Riverdale NY had an exhibi- 
tion of quilts which "portray the politi- 
cal 'wonderland' of Washington DC by 
juxtaposing Sir John Tenniel's illustra- 
tions of the Lewis Carroll fantasy with 
images of the President and other D.C. 
icons." Ran through February 2. 

The Boston Harbor Hotel presented 
"Tea with Alice in Wonderland" on Sat- 
urdays from January 13 -March 2. 
"Gentle tidbits of etiquette are combined 
with a proper tea service" featuring nine 
costumed characters. 

The Showcase Theatre (The Masque 
Unit, Junior Theater of Marin) performed 
"Dorothy Meets Alice, or The Wizard 
of Wonderland" from March 19-22 at in 
the Marin Center (San Rafael, CA). 
"Two of literature's most unforgettable 
young ladies get mixed up together in a 
magical, musical meeting that produces 
hilarious results. The fun filled romp 
follows Alice and Dorothy and their 
well-known coteries as they attempt to 
unscramble their stories with the help 
of a contemporary lad ." 

Macy's 22nd annual flower show (Her- 
ald Square, New York, 3/31-4/13), de- 
scribed as "265,000 square feet of blos- 
soms" displayed "Wonderland in the 
Windows: a floral fantasy inspired by 
the famed character illustrations of John 
Tenniel. . .As a special enhancement, the 
music of composer David Del Tredici's 
opera Final Alice fills the springtime air. 
High above Herald Square, a jolly 25- 
foot tall Humpty Dumpty celebrates 
Spring as he teeters atop our Broadway 
marquee." There were readings, char- 
acter impersonations, and television 
coverage (ABC) as well. 

The Chicago Children's Theater is per- 
forming Alice in Wonderland: A Musi- 
cal Circus. March 26 - April 21 at the 
Diller Street Theater, 3 1 Green Bay Rd. 
Winnetka, IL. The show will reopen May 
15-17 at the Skyline Stage, Navy Pier, 
Chicago, IL (call 3 1 2-262-9848 for reser- 
vations and information). 

The Missoula Children's Theatre is a 
traveling troupe which will tour over 600 
communities this season, integrating 
their directors and actors with local chil- 
dren. One of their 19 "original musicals" 
is a production of Alice in Wonderland. 

We found out about it through a perfor- 
mance in El Paso, Texas, featuring Brit- 
tany Matthews as Alice. Contact Jim 
Caron at 200 North Adams St., Missoula 
MT 59802-471 8 or 406.728. 1 91 1 . 

Visitors to Monterey and Carmel, Cali- 
fornia, might wish to stay at the 
Jabberwock, a "country inn" whose 
rooms are named after Jabberwock crea- 
tures and contain the Alice books where 
one might expect Gideon Bibles. 598 
Laine Street, Monterey CA 93940, Jim 
and Barbara Allen at 408.372.4777. Not 
extensively Alician, but a friendly place 

The Seattle Children's Theater is per- 
forming A lice in Wonderland. It opened 
April 9, and plays through June 9 at the 
Charlotte Martin Theater. 

The Children's Museum of Eastern Or- 
egon, located in Pendleton, Oregon, will 
include an exhibit on Alice 's Adventures 
in Wonderland when it opens in July, 
1 996. The interactive exhibit will feature 
Tenniel's illustrations (colorized) with 
appropriate quotes for each character, 
as well as three-dimensional renderings 
of the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat. 
An Ames distorted room will be a cen- 
terpiece, where children can simulate the 
shrinking and growing that Alice expe- 
rienced. There will be giant chess pieces 
that children can move on the checker- 
board floor. Alice will be climbing 
through the looking glass, where chil- 
dren can try their hands at mirror writ- 
ing. Chess puzzles, line puzzles, optical 
illusions, and riddles will be offered. A 
segment will feature the different types 
of poetry found in the Alice books 
(shaped, acrostic, parody, and non- 

For help in preparing this issue thanks are due to: Fran Abeles, Leslie Allen, Carolyn Buck, Sandor Burstein, Morton 
Cohen, Elizabeth Erickson, Alice Fuld, Johanna Hurwitz, Stan Isaacs, Vito Lanza, August Imholtz, and Lucille Posner. 

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